National, geological data centre, which stores, quality-assures and communicates geological data.
When geologists work, they collect large amounts of material, and they produce large amounts of data and other information. All this is of value not only to the individual geologist who has produced it, but also to other geologists at GEUS as well as other institutions and the public.
In order to maximise the value of samples, data, etc. GEUS has been appointed to be the national geological data centre. We therefore have the task of managing of data, including data and material collected and produced by GEUS itself, as well as data and material collected or produced and reported to GEUS by well drill companies, analytical laboratories, oil companies, mining companies, government agencies etc. For example well drill companies must report information and submit samples from the water supply wells they have drilled, and oil companies must submit the seismic data, they have collected to find oil.
In order to fulfil its role as a national data centre, GEUS has established a number of archives, among others the Well Data Archive, Subsurface Archive and Core Store. In addition, we have developed databases to store the data. It is our goal that data will be available for both internal and external users, and we have over the last 15 years systematically worked towards a digital solution, where data can be viewed and downloaded via the Internet (see Data & Maps). Data can, however still be delivered by personal application.
We use whenever possible international standards for data exchange, and are part of a series of data harmonization projects with other European countries. GEUS is additionally data controller of geological data in relation to the INSPIRE Directive.